One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in the next 12 months, and almost 50% of us will in our lifetimes.
This Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day, so Mental Health Australia have issued a call out for Australians to make a personal mental health promise to themselves and share it on social media. So far, over 11,000 promises have been made on the campaign website.
Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan said mental illness impacts so many in our community.
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“If we can recognise the signs and do something about it early, we can significantly reduce the impact it can have on our lives,” he said.
“Unfortunately, our research shows less than one in five Australians regularly seeks help when they are stressed or down. This suggests people could be neglecting their mental health for too long.
“It would be unimaginable to break a limb and do nothing about it. We must begin to see our mental health and wellbeing in the same light as we see our other health conditions. It’s also important that when people do reach out for help services are readily available and easy to navigate.”
Mental Health Australia hopes this year’s mental health promise campaign will help break down the stigma surrounding mental illness and encourage people to talk about it with friends, family and professionals.
This Saturday, Gold Coasters will be able to access information and learn about the importance of physical and mental wellness at the Gold Coast Wellness Festival. It’s happening from 9am until 1pm at Broadwater Parklands tomorrow, and there will be plenty of free information stalls and activities for the whole family. Find out more at http://www.fsg.org.au/get-involved/wellness-festival-2015/